Ecclestone: BayernLB “picked the wrong person”

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In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says German bank BayernLB, who intend to launch a 244m legal battle against him, have “picked the wrong person” to go up against.

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F1’s Ecclestone says will fight BayernLB damages claim (Reuters)

Ecclestone said his lawyers had told him the vast majority of such damages claims were settled out of court, but he had no intention of doing so. “They picked the wrong person with me,” said the British billionaire.

Sauber boss says F1 is ‘flawed’ (Autosport)

“There is something terribly flawed in the system. For me it starts with what the system and the sport is about – and it is about different teams, not the big teams and the big budgets.”


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39 comments on “Ecclestone: BayernLB “picked the wrong person””

  1. My birthday too, but it might just be buried in the list ;)

    1. @vettel1 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATE ! :) I PMed you yesterday on Facebook, what a coincidence :P

      Have a nice one ! sad it’s away from F1, tho, but you can’t have everything :)

    2. @vettel1 Happy birthday then!

    3. @vettel1 Happy birthday!

    4. @vettel1 Happy birthday!

    5. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      15th December 2013, 3:37

      @vettel1 Happy birthday, what a coincidence it’s also my brother’s birthday today!
      Greetings for my little English brother.

    6. Happy birthday :)

    7. David not Coulthard (@)
      15th December 2013, 8:30

      Yet another happy birthday!

    8. I’m overwhelmed by the number of birthday wishes! Thank you @davidnotcoulthard, @andae23, @omarr-pepper, @pandaslap, @colossal-squid, @wpinrui and last but not least @fer-no65!

      Also, happy birthday to your brother too @omarr-pepper and I shall check my notifications @fer-no65 :P

    9. Many happy returns @vettel1! Have a wonderful day!

        1. @vettel1 Happy birthday!

    10. @vettel1 Happy birthday :-)

    11. @vettel1
      Better late than never, happy birthday to my old time arch rival alongside @omarr-pepper

      1. We’re all friends here @tifoso1989, it’s the spirit of the competition ;)

        Thank you and the more recent wishers in @davef1 & @karter22! :D

      2. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        15th December 2013, 18:37

        @tifoso1989 hahaha great comment. Hey, what really worries me about next year is how all the fanbases here in F1F are commenting the same about the downer that will be the points system. I’ll keep wishing it changes before Australia.

        1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
          15th December 2013, 18:39

          I mean, it doesn’t worry me that we agree, it worries me the seriousness of the situation and how 2014 is already spoiled in my opinion..

    12. @vettel1 Happy birthday champ ;-) ! Enjoy :D

    13. Happy birthday ;)

    14. A belated happy birthday wish then @vettel1.

      And off course to @Steph90 and John as well

  2. Can I just say, I LOVE Keith’s choice of pic.

    1. Bernie is the top story, so he gets centerstage.
    2. Eric Boullier leaving Lotus may be the big Silly Season story of the month, and he’s right behind Bernie.
    3. Bernie is flanked by two Force India employees – Eric is rumored to be moving to Force India – and Eric is looking in their direction too!

    1. If Bernie were a good looking girl, I would say Eric’s checking her behind.

      …oh no maybe he was!

      1. @verstappen LOL , now when you said this , I went back to the pic and looked at Boullier’s face …LOL LOL

  3. Bernie vs the bankers, this should be fun, he has the money to fight back & will claim every penny of expense back if he wins, can the bank afford it? I wonder who’ll back down first?

    1. It is a state owned bank, so I believe that they can afford it.

      1. @mike-dee
        That won’t stop Bernie from either:
        A) Make sure that they accidentally get the bank manager’s kneecaps broken with a hammer in the back of a van.
        B) Simply buy Germany and sack all of them on the spot.

  4. Yeah Bernie, Bernie is a fighter, he’s not the type of person to take the easy way out and offer a financial reward to people who try to shake him down, these bankers have picked the wrong guy to go up against, what were they thinking?

  5. Man, Kalterborn made my day with his opinion about F1.

    1. *Her.

    2. I think the wealth needs to be spread a little more. Give more to the lower teams and less to the higher teams. This would probably help level the playing field a little more. Maybe take away some of Bernie’s money; His daughter doesn’t need another mansion in Brentwood.

      1. You vote for Labor I presume?

        1. +1 – you got there before I could

      2. And without that mansion in Brentwood, Tamara Ecclestone would be loosed upon the world. I imagine the consequences of that would be rather like the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

      3. Yeah lets give them money for losing, that’s a great incentive to improve.

  6. Mark Stockwell
    15th December 2013, 2:51

    Monisha Kalterborn is a “She” not a “He”.


  7. What about the rumour that Boullier might leave Lotus?

  8. Can Sauber Boss please get to work, stop whining and bringing everyone down to their level. If we wanted no development and 100% equal cars there are plenty of other Motorsport options. This is F1 and maybe YOU are in the wrong category, not F1.

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